Our Sacred Journeys
This poem was submitted by Katie Romano-Griffin, lay campus minister for the Eagle Unitarian Universalists in Fort Myers, FL. The poem was written by one of the student members of the group, Allie Carville. Allie was inspired to write this poem from her experience of sharing her beliefs with other young adults at a campus ministry gathering. This UU community is making a difference in her life as well as her peers' lives here and now.–Ed.
OUR SACRED JOURNEYS
I thought my voice was weak I felt my throat all scratched up Sometimes even painful to mumble
But you hear me Even when I'm not quite sure what I'm saying You still wait patiently beside me Until you see the light in my eye
I let out a sigh My voice still a little dry But like a cold drink Refreshing and soothing It nourishes me
It only takes a drop A single moment And I have the confidence to speak my truth
No longer thinking I won't fit in My thoughts are too scattered But knowing what I said mattered
It matters when we can find a moment to connect Not knowing the depth of the effect Of a single smile Pushing someone through another mile on their own sacred journey
– Alison M. Carville
Allie was raised in a Unitarian Universalist church and is now a senior at Florida Gulf Coast University, majoring in Communication - Public Relations. She lives, breathes, and tries to put her values of lovingkindness in action everywhere she rolls with love.